The government has said the Level 4 lockdown imposed to curb the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic shall remain in force until further notice, as cases and deaths from the novel coronavirus continue to rise.
In yesterday”s post-cabinet press briefing, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa said although 98% of cases are attributed to local transmission, the country’s efforts to contain the pandemic showed a high level of effectiveness.
“Nevertheless, Cabinet noted the need to strengthen efforts to contain the Third Wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, therefore, the Level 4 lockdown measures remain in force. Areas which recorded the most significant numbers of new cases were Harare Metropolitan Province (2 920), Mashonaland East Province (1 968), Mashonaland West Province (1 776), Manicaland Province (1 537) and Mashonaland Central Province (1 106),” she said.
Minister Mutsvangwa also said efforts are underway to replenish all supplies of essential COVID-19 consumables.
“Government is ramping up the supply of oxygen and other critical provisions at designated health institutions throughout the country. The Ministry of Health and Child Care has established a prepayment facility with a local gas supplier to ensure constant availability of oxygen. Treasury has released ZW$100 million for the purchase of oxygen,” she said.
Meanwhile, 800,000 Sinopharm vaccines are expected to arrive today aboard Ethiopian Airways, while another 700,000 Sinopharm vaccines will be delivered tomorrow.